Oregon looking for new incentives after vaccine lottery fails to increase vaccination rates
Vaccination rates took a downturn after the $1 million lottery announcement weeks ago
By Kate Northrop
The State of Oregon is looking for new ways to motivate residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine after vaccination rates went the wrong direction following the announcement of the state's $1 million vaccine lottery.
Nearly three weeks ago, Governor Kate Brown held a press conference to reveal the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign, intended to motivate the public to get inoculated against COVID ...
Jun 9, 2021, 2:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon friends of over 40 years split $7.4 million lottery jackpot
Friendship has never been sweeter
By Kate Northrop
Two friends from Oregon who have shared a friendship for over 40 years are now sharing a $7.4 million Megabucks jackpot.
For 28 weeks now, Erik Maki and Brian Krahmer have been splitting the responsibility of purchasing their joint lottery tickets for the Oregon Lottery's Megabucks game. Now they'll be splitting a fortune to the tune of $7.4 million after hitting the jackpot for the drawing on Sat., Jan 23.
This time, it was Krahmer' ...
Jan 29, 2021, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Wildfires cause shutdown of some Oregon Lottery games
2020 continues to challenge the lottery and gaming industry
By Kate Northrop
2020 just doesn't seem to let up, with wildfires in Oregon causing 115 of the state's lottery retailers to lose connection to the fiber-optic cables that support the selling of most lottery games.
Over the weekend, 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the coast were rendered unable to sell any video lottery games, Keno, and traditional draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Only instant scratch-off ...
Sep 23, 2020, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum
State of Oregon forcing retailers to pay taxes on video lottery machines that are shut down
Hundreds of bars and restaurants already struggling to survive are now facing another financial setback. The Oregon Lottery is collecting taxes on each video lottery machine, even though the machines are shut down.
I was absolutely floored. I could not believe it, said Gloria Huguley, owner of Newport Steak and Seafood.
Huguley said she owes $2,082 in taxes for the six video lottery machines in her restaurant, which remains closed due to stay-at-home restrictions. The family-run restauran ...
Apr 30, 2020, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man wins $6.3 million from free lottery ticket
An Oregon man's $6.3 million lottery jackpot was made all the more lucky by the fact that his ticket was free and he almost left it at the store.
Robert McCauley of Mount Vernon told Oregon Lottery officials he took his Megabucks ticket to the Blue Mountain Mini Mart, where manager Jolene Moulton told him he had won a free ticket.
I checked Bob's ticket and actually gave him the voucher slip that came with his free ticket, Moulton said. As he was walking away, I saw the free play ticket s ...
Mar 31, 2020, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Liquor, cannabis, lottery: Are our vices essential services in face of COVID-19?
In a series of executive orders, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has increasingly forced businesses to close their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But there are three notable exceptions: Liquor, cannabis, and lottery tickets.
Why are our vices exempt?
Some other states have deemed liquor stores and cannabis shops essential services, citing both an economic incentive to maintain tax revenues and concern that people with substance abuse disorders would seek urgent medical care while the syst ...
Mar 30, 2020, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery draws winning 2020 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers
The Oregon Lottery has announced the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
The winning number for the top prize of $1 million is 080948.
A total of 1,801 winning numbers were drawn for the raffle, including 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.
All winning numbers can be viewed by visiting Lottery Post's Oregon Lottery Results page, in the Raffle Results and Special Draws section.
Those with winning tickets for $500 and $100 can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lot ...
Mar 18, 2020, 10:16 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery will lose money on sports betting this year
Agency cites higher start-up costs, lower margins and less betting activity than it expected
Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack will present some unwelcome news at the Lottery Commission's monthly meeting on Feb. 28. Scoreboard, the agency's new mobile sports betting app, will lose money for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Lottery will have a loss of $5.3 [million] from the program for the first nine months of FY '20, Pack said in a memo prepared for that meeting.
Prior to launching ...
Feb 25, 2020, 7:17 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man claims $8M lottery jackpot after accidentally putting winning ticket through the wash
Laundry day got very exciting for an Oregon man who accidentally washed his wallet, with a Megabucks ticket worth $8.4 million inside. Fortunately, it survived, even though two less-valuable tickets didn't.
I washed my wallet and then realized I had lottery tickets in there, said Scott Moe of Portland, who won the prize. A couple of the tickets were destroyed, but not the jackpot ticket.
Moe was piecing together his laundered lottery tickets right before bed, and after utilizing the lott ...
Jan 17, 2020, 8:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Double cancer survivor wins $4.6 million lottery jackpot
An Oregon cancer survivor's lucky streak continued this month with a $4.6 million lottery win, according to state officials.
I am a very lucky guy, winner Stu MacDonald of Bend said in a statement released by the Oregon Lottery on Friday. I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.
MacDonald bought the winning Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket Sept. 7, according to the Oregon Lottery.
The Megabucks winning numbers for Sept. 7, 2019 were 12, 13, 16, 35, 36, and 45. McDond ...
Sep 14, 2019, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum